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Flintshire’s on the case of ash dieback

Published: 11/02/2021

Ash1.jpgAsh dieback is a disease that affects the UK’s native ash tree and is the most significant issue facing the whole of the UK since Dutch Elm disease.

This disease is in Flintshire with the potential to affect many thousands of ash trees in the County.  There is no way to prevent the spread of this disease which means there are safety implications for both the Council and landowners where ash trees are situated near to people or property.

The Council has started to tackle this disease and people may have seen the tree teams out along the A5151 from Lloc to Trelawnydd.  They will then move on to the A541 through the Hendre area week commencing 15 February.

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said:

“We have a plan for which areas to target first.  It’s important to look at trees close to main roads and public areas and this is the main focus of our initial work.  We want to raise awareness among landowners that they must make themselves aware of the disease and its effects and ensure that they deal with any potential hazards.”

Flintshire County Council Tree Inspector, Dewi Ellis, said: 

“These trees, if left, will cause problems and although it may seem drastic, there’s no alternative and it is best to remove the trees safely. Flintshire County Council does not want to leave them to come down by themselves which could be extremely dangerous.”

More information including the FCC Ash Dieback Action Plan guidance for landowners, managing trees for safety, protecting wildlife can be found on the Council’s web page.